New York, 11 October 2023 (TDI): Pakistan has urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to hold India accountable for its human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, on October 10.

During his speech at the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, Amir Khan, the acting permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN, called on the international community to ensure that it deals with such violations in a non-selective and unbiased way.

In his remarks to the Third Committee of the General Assembly, which deals with social, humanitarian, and cultural concerns, Amir Khan warned that failure to do so would further undermine the credibility of the OHCHR’s preventative mandate.

Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, stated in his annual report that India has been committing “gross and systematic” human rights abuses since August 2019 with a 900,000-strong occupying army acting with impunity.

Additionally, Ambassador Amir Khan emphasized the Human Rights 75 Initiative of the OHCHR.

He stressed that it should put a stop to the UN’s use of selective justice and double standards.

This initiative focuses on universality, advancement, and involvement under the guidance of UN Human Rights.

As Islamophobia is prohibited by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Pakistani Ambassador also expressed worry about its prevalence and the “repugnant” acts of Qur’an burning.

To halt the persecution of Muslims in certain western nations and prevent the impending genocide of Muslims in India, we must actively eradicate Islamophobia, said by Ambassador.

It causes religious discrimination, incites hatred, animosity, and violence.

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During the presentation of his report, Turks went into great depth on the ongoing human rights violations occurring in the Middle East and urged swift action to defuse the situation.

He drew attention to the situation in Afghanistan while highlighting his Office’s work to address human rights breaches abroad.

He stressed the importance of continuing support for the UN’s human rights presence given the widespread violations of human rights in Afghanistan.